For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Texas Hall stage

Stage play: The Texas Hall stage will host one more men's basketball game, while the women's team has two more games scheduled there.

Saturday is last appearance at Texas Hall for men's basketball

After playing on the stage in Texas Hall for almost 50 years, the men's basketball team brings down the curtain with its final game there at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, against Stephen F. Austin.

The women's team has Texas Hall games remaining at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, against Fresno State, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, against Texas State.

Play began in Texas Hall in 1965 when UT Arlington was Arlington State College. In 1997 Sports Illustrated called the venue the “Best Place to Watch” a college basketball game.

Tickets for Texas Hall games are $8 and are available at

CPC court installation

We're floored: The floor was laid Tuesday and is ready for play on Petsche Court at College Park Center.

Floor ready for play on Petsche Court at College Park Center

The new floor for Petsche Court in College Park Center was laid Tuesday in preparation for the opening games Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The flooring was used in last year's NCAA Women's West Regional played in Spokane, Wash. It was then repainted for the new UT Arlington court.

Single-game tickets for February basketball games in College Park Center are available at Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Opening night for the 7,000-seat arena is Wednesday, Feb. 1, when the women's and men's basketball teams play UT San Antonio. The women have four other games at College Park Center in February while the men have three.

Premium seating also is available. To purchase a premium package, contact Gregg Elkin at 2-5706 or


Get tickets now: Tickets go on sale today to see Grammy-nominated superstar Drake.

Tickets available today for Drake concert

Tickets to see Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake are available starting at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 19. Drake will perform Friday, March 2, in the inaugural concert at College Park Center.

The performance is part of his 17-city North American Club Paradise Tour, which kicks off Valentine’s Day in Miami. Also performing are rap artists Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.

Tickets sales are limited to UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students, although ticket holders may bring guests. Tickets are limited to four per person and are $35-$80.

Find ticket information online or call 2-9595. Read more about the Drake concert.

Snow Day

Is the University open today?

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will offices be open and will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify faculty, staff, and students should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

Announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire Extra for faculty and staff, on the UT Arlington home page, the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and through local media outlets.

Concussion experts to team up at UT Arlington for safer play

UT Arlington will bring together brain injury and concussion experts from across the country for the first UT Arlington Concussion Summit March 9-10.

The event features the latest research on the biomechanics of concussions, testing methods, keys to making safe return-to-play decisions, and the long-term effects of sports-related brain injuries. Organizers are inviting local physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, and school administrators as well as parents and other health professionals to attend.

Read more information about the concussion summit.


Register, verify mobile phone number to receive MavAlert

MavAlert is designed to provide rapid notification to alert faculty, staff, and students of an emergency at or adjacent to the University.

It is critical that you register and verify your mobile phone number through the MyMav system each semester. Go to MyMav and follow the instructions in the center of the portal page.

Your cellphone number must be classified as a "mobile" phone in the emergency contact form to enable MavAlert text messages.

  Mav Pic Outstanding Mavericks

Outstanding Mavericks

Outstanding Maverick Award winners were honored at a dinner last week in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Recipients of the outstanding employee kudos are, from left, Ramona Holmes, library; Pam McBride, computer science engineering; Jose Alvarez, facilities management; Brad Samek, information technology; Holly Woods, nursing; Denise Shaw, accounting and business services; and Ba Nguyen, facilities management. Not pictured is Barbara Sellers, economics. The team award went to Facilities Management’s building maintenance team of Patty Goodloe, Melvin Mason Jr., Leonel Martinez, and Salvador Rocha.

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations due Monday

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Submit nominations online by Monday, Jan. 23.

For information, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Urge students to become Maverick Orientation Leaders

Do you know a student with great communication skills and a passion for UT Arlington?

New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for the 2012 Maverick Orientation Leader positions. Orientation leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents during summer orientation in June, July, and August.

Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the University. Applications are due Monday, Jan. 30.

UT Metroplex Day gets extension

The deadline for abstract submission and registration for UT Metroplex Day has been extended to Monday, Jan. 30.

UT Arlington hosts this year's event, which annually highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The goal of this one-day event Friday, Feb. 3, is to present science research conducted at the three UT System institutions in North Texas and to encourage collaborations. The event is open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, and research staff and trainees at the sponsoring schools.

Community Garden

Plots available at Community Garden

Adopt a plot at the Community Garden at UT Arlington and support the University’s commitment to sustainability and preserving green space. The garden is located at 406 Summit Ave., just west of the SWEET Center at the corner of UTA Boulevard and Summit Avenue.

The half-acre garden benefits from the UT Arlington compost site and rainwater harvesting. You can adopt a plot and become a gardener or volunteer to help with the harvest. A portion of harvests is donated to a local food bank. The garden is a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

The annual membership is $35. For more information, contact Meghna Tare at

Golf Cart parade

Be part of traditions at Homecoming

Plan now for the many activities during Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.

Design an entry for the golf cart parade that leads the community into the men's basketball game vs. Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 11, in College Park Center. Sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Can you handle the heat? Sign up for the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the University Center mall. Groups should register by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Registration and judging criteria are available online and by calling 2-9234.

Your photo may be worth $250 if it wins the Show Your Maverick Pride photo contest. Enter a photo of yourself, family, friends, pets, places, and things in blue, orange, and white Maverick gear. Email your name, phone number, and photo to Wednesday, Feb. 1-Friday, Feb. 10. Three winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 11, during the Homecoming basketball game at College Park Center. You do not need to be present to win. Email questions to

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES.

Faculty are urged to encourage students to attend an abstract writing workshop at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25, and go online for the abstract guidelines and requirements. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. ACES 2012 is Thursday, March 22, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For details, email or call 2-2315.

Mark Taylor

Dr. Mark Taylor

Academic advising conference set for Feb. 14

Mark Taylor, a recognized educator dedicated to helping universities better understand and serve students, delivers the keynote address at the 15th annual Academic Advising Association conference Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Taylor has worked with more than 250 schools in 43 states and Canada; made presentations at state, regional, and national events; and consulted with business clients such as 20th Century Fox, Wal-Mart, FEMA, and the U.S. Army. He has worked as a college professor and academic administrator, medical administrator, and clinical psychotherapist.

Conference and registration information are online. Payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 3.

W-2 forms available online

The 2011 W-2 forms are now available at UT Direct.

Email should not be used to transmit sensitive data. Do not email your W-2 or other sensitive information because email can be read by anyone between you and the destination.

If you do not claim your 2011 W-2 form on UTDirect by Friday, Jan. 27, Payroll Services will print and mail a copy to your home address.

New postal service rates may affect your mailing

New U.S. Postal Service rates take effect Sunday, Jan. 22.

Single-piece, 1-ounce first-class mail letters will increase 1 cent to 45 cents, with additional ounces remaining 20 cents.

For more information, contact Mail Services at 2-2794 or see Postal Explorer.

Benefit Yourself

Managing Across Generations

Managers and supervisors learn the needs and expectations of their own generation and other generations. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Swing Dance

Jump and jive while learning 1930s- and 1940s-style American East Coast Swing. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount rate of $50. 6-7 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 23-March 5, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Cake decorating

Beginning Cake Decorating

Learn the unique art of figure piping, drop flowers, and the ever-popular rose. Fee includes required text. Supplies are in addition to course fee. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount rate of $50. 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 14, Room F200G, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Get Discounts at Alley Cats, DSW

Enjoy a discount at Alley Cats for UT Arlington Alumni Family and Friends Week 5-10 p.m. Jan. 23-26. Print the coupon at the Alumni Association website.

Student Congress is hosting DSW Night 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the DSW Shoes location at the Parks at Arlington. Get 20 percent off your purchase by showing your UT Arlington ID. For more information, contact Bryan Albers at

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Sports Notes
  Jordan Reves

Top rebounder: Jordan Reves leads the Mavericks in rebounding with 6.7 per game and is also tops in blocked shots with 29.

Mav men win eighth straight; close hall with SFA

Now ranked No. 25 in the national mid-major poll, the men’s basketball team hosts Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in its final game at Texas Hall before opening College Park Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The Mavericks won their eighth straight game, downing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77-73 on Wednesday. LaMarcus Reed scored 25 points in a 91-82 win over Lamar on Saturday.

Coach Scott Cross's Mavs are 5-0 in the Southland Conference and 12-5 overall.

Indoor track team notches three firsts at A&M

Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, Isiah Clements took the high jump, and Quentin Butler was first in the long jump for the men's indoor track team in the Texas 10-Team Invitational hosted by Texas A&M on Saturday.

The men placed third with 67 points, just one point behind second-place Baylor, while the women landed in a fourth-place tie with 48 points.

For the women, Emily Koenig was third in the 3,000 meters, and the distance medley relay also finished third.

Next action is the J.D. Martin Invitational at Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Movin' Mavs finish second at Alabama tourney

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team placed second at the Pioneer Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., last weekend, winning five straight before losing to the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks in the finals.

Next tournament for the Movin’ Mavs is Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22, at the University of Illinois.

Women's basketball travels to Stephen F. Austin

Still looking for its first win in Southland Conference play, the women’s basketball team travels to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Mavericks lost 61-51 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, and will host Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Texas Hall.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, Jan. 20

Puss in Boots

$2 Movie: Thor A powerful but arrogant warrior's reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Movie: Puss in Boots One of the most beloved characters of the Shrek universe. Rated PG. Free fresh popcorn; other concessions for sale. Admission $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Friday, Jan. 20-Saturday, Jan. 21

Symposium on Special Topics In Physics Focuses on U.S.-Korean collaborations in physics research. Several prominent Korean-American scientists will discuss current projects, including South Korea's $5 billion Institute for Basic Science and the $400 million Korea Rare Isotope Accelerator project. Register. Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Department of Physics,

Saturday, Jan. 21

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin in the final men's game at Texas Hall. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Double Bass Faculty Recital Features Jack Unzicker, visiting assistant professor of music. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


The Medium Is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Feb. 11. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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